UA In the News — July 10

University of Alabama students selected for antenna design contest
Tuscaloosa News – July 9
A team of engineering students at the University of Alabama is one of six selected to compete in an international contest to design a portable radio system capable of locating a hidden radio transmitter in real time. The UA team is competing in the 2018 Annual Student Antenna Design Contest, held by the Antennas and Propagation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology. The UA team won the contest a year ago.

Weeklong Camp Seale Harris supports children with diabetes
Tuscaloosa News – July 9
A camp dedicated to supporting children with diabetes is being held in Tuscaloosa this week. Camp Seale Harris, operated by the nonprofit Southeastern Diabetes Education Services, began Monday at the University of Alabama’s Robert E. Witt Student Activity Center at Presidential Village. The camp is for children 5 to 15 years old who have diabetes, along with their siblings or friends.

UA launches gifted education, talent development office
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – July 9
The University of Alabama is starting a program designed to strengthen the education of gifted students. According to our partners at the Tuscaloosa News, the new Gifted Education and Talent Development Office will incorporate several existing aspects of the program. Those include research, teaching and programming as well as starting new services like professional development and outreach to parents.

School shooters leave clues. Could AI spot the next one before it’s too late?
ABC 25 (Woodway, Texas) – July 9
In the light of recent deadly school shootings in the United States, educators, parents, and security experts are looking to technology to help solve the problem. At the forefront is the use of artificial intelligence. “Our goal is to make sure a kid never wants to bring a gun to school,” Suzy Loughlin, co-founder and chief council of Firestorm, a crisis management firm, said. Toward that end, in partnership with the University of Alabama School of Continuing Education, the company has developed a prevention program that looks for early warning signs in kids who may be at risk of committing future violent acts.
ABC 8 (Jonesboro, Arkansas) – July 9
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Hometown Stations (Lima, Ohio) – July 9
 
UA hosts SITE Camp
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – July 9
The introduction to engineering program provides students with a five-day experience focusing on math, engineering, and computer science. The program hosted by the University of Alabama College of Engineering accepts 40 students at a time to participate in a weeklong session.
 
On This Campus, Apple Watch and iPhone Replace the Absent Cards
C1 Lifestyle – July 10
In some colleges, students are required to keep their absentee cards. This is not because the absence card is important to keep attendance recorded and enter and use a number of services on campus. In the United States, conventional absence cards are becoming obsolete. At the University of Alabama, students can use Apple Watch and iPhone as a sidelong card.This new system will begin to be tested this fall.

DC BLOX will break ground in Aug. on a $785M data center in the Birmingham Titusville Neighborhood
BHam Now – July 9
Atlanta-based DC BLOX is investing $785M into Birmingham over the next 10 years to build their largest data center to date in the country. The data center will be located on 27 acres at the old Trinity Steel site in Birmingham’s Titusville neighborhood, the company announced at a press conference today … The economic-development impact of this project during the construction and operational phase is $94 million to the Birmingham metro area, and more than $80 million of that impact will be in Jefferson County, according to an analysis by the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Business and commissioned by the Birmingham Business Alliance.
 
Artist Opens Exhibit at Gadsden State
TV24 – July 10
Gadsden States’ Fine Arts Department is now showcasing its summer art exhibition. The exhibition is entitled Immigrant Life by Juan Lopez-Bautista, who is an artist and a biology professor at the University of Alabama. Lopez-Bautista’s paintings share the idea of the discovery of self-identity. Lopez-Bautista says his work is an invitation to the viewer to perceive this migratory effort.

Students in the News
Park Hills Daily Journal (Missouri) – July 10
University of Iowa: Jessica Heberlie, a native of Farmington received a BS-Human Physiology degree from the University of Iowa at the close of the spring 2018 semester … University of Alabama: Adam Womack of Farmington, was named to the University of Alabama President’s List for spring 2018.
Bainbridge Island Review – July 9

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